THE SEMINAR

SOUTHERN SOJOURN

HAERE MAI

Welcome to the shores of Aotearoa, New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud. WAFA NZ presents “Southern Sojourn” the Virtual Tour. Come, join us on our journey.

“Southern Sojourn” features New Zealand’s South Island. From our garden city, Christchurch, on the Canterbury Plains, we will travel through the MacKenzie Basin and have an overnight stay in our Dark Sky Reserve. Then we cross the Lindis Pass, weave our way through the Kawarau Gorge and on to idyllic Queenstown, in the heart of The Remarkables Mountain Range.

Enjoy our Maori culture. Witness the incredible changes in Christchurch. Spend time among our floral designers. Play with our plant materials. Explore our picturesque mountains, glacial rivers and lakes.

We look forward to sharing this beautiful land with you. 

SOUTHERN SOJOURN

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The WAFA Seminar is restricted to a small number of WAFA members. Each member country is invited to send a specific number of delegates based on that country’s membership. Members may apply to their own parent body, in order to be considered for a place in their country’s delegation.

Registrations will be accepted from those named on the lists supplied by the member country’s governing Boards.

SOUTHERN SOJOURN

ITINERARY

The power of our land, our place, our people and our culture is the inspiration and innovation for each New Zealand floral designer. We invite you to join our unique Southern Sojourn International WAFA Seminar in March 2021, to explore these sources of inspiration for yourself. Based in Te Wai Pounamu, our South Island, our programme is Ocean to Alps, within the centres of Christchurch, the city of exploration and gardens, through to Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Whakatipu, beneath The Remarkables mountain range.

Sunday March 14, 2021

DESCRIPTION

Connect with delegates for registration from 2 p.m. at our Christchurch base camp, the Crowne Plaza, and join in the Aotearoa, New Zealand welcome including a presentation, “The Improbable Eden”, followed by mix and mingle and dinner, as we commence our Southern Sojourn in New Zealand’s South Island.

 

VENUE & DIRECTIONS

INCLUSIONS

  • Dinner
Monday March 15, 2021

DESCRIPTION

Our day features a Maori traditional welcome and cultural interchange on a Maori marae or meeting place, combined with the beautiful Ohinetahi Gardens in Lyttelton Harbour, renowned for their sculptures by local sculptures as much as the gardens. Late afternoon return to Christchurch for our mix and mingle and dinner.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Full breakfast, cooked and continental
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Tuesday March 16, 2021

DESCRIPTION

Today is a design time at Christchurch Town Hall with the staging of the Honorary, Imposé and table designs followed by the Judges Forum and judging. View the judging results or explore Victoria Square, New Regent Street, or the unique Margaret Mahy playground in your free time. This evening we dine amongst the designs with a ‘Horticouture’ wearable art.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Full breakfast, cooked and continental
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Wednesday March 17, 2021

DESCRIPTION

Explore the creativity of New Zealand during a workshop day with local tutors then relax at Mona Vale Gardens, wander the pathways of the gardens and river banks before dining in the homestead.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Full breakfast, cooked and continental
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Thursday March 18, 2021

DESCRIPTION

Morning bus trip to see the city’s architectural structures and a visit to the International Antarctic Centre. On our return to home base it’s your free afternoon to explore Otautahi, Christchurch, the city, art galleries, cafes and markets. Dine together at Crowne Plaza before walking next door to The Piano Theatre for demonstrations by New Zealand Floral Art Designers.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Full breakfast, cooked and continental
  • Dinner
Friday March 19, 2021

DESCRIPTION

Today we farewell Christchurch, crossing the Canterbury Plains to the rural heartland of Geraldine. Join our floral design hosts at Stonebridge for lunch and a floral presentation. We travel on through the foothills to glacial Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie Basin for our overnight stay.

 

VENUE & DIRECTIONS

INCLUSIONS

  • Full breakfast, cooked and continental
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Saturday March 20, 2021

DESCRIPTION

Visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd or wander to the lakeshore before our sojourn continues across the Mackenzie Plains via Lake Pukaki and its views towards Aoraki Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. As the mountains and tawny brown tussock change to the vineyards of Otago we are sure to test the tastes of the south at Gibbston Valley Winery on our way to Queenstown.

 

VENUE & DIRECTIONS

INCLUSIONS

  • Full breakfast, cooked and continental
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Sunday March 21, 2021

DESCRIPTION

Queenstown is adventure central – take a jet boat ride on the ShotoverRiver, surprise yourself with a bungy jump or explore any of the laneways and cycleways of the town on your free time Sunday morning before Fun Art Activities and a Floral Demonstration from WAFA NZ. Cross the Frankton Arm of Lake Whakatipu by water taxi to the Hilton Hotel to dine.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Full breakfast, cooked and continental
  • Dinner
Monday March 22, 2021

DESCRIPTION

Today at the Millennium Hotel, we experience design creativity making a component you will be able to take home. Our afternoon floral design presentation will feature local material as you explore their elements useful in designing. The day is sure to provide inspiration for conversation over dinner this evening.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Full breakfast, cooked and continental
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Tuesday March 23, 2021

DESCRIPTION

In more comfort than the gold miners of the 1860’s we explore the old gold mining village of Arrowtown with its stone cottages and tree lined streets. Our lunch at Nugget Point Resort overlooking the Shotover River features a floral demonstration in the style of High Tea. Back at home base we learn about pest plants and plant entry into New Zealand as preparation for the 2023 World Show. Ascend Bob’s Peak via gondola to the Skyline for the finest views across Queenstown, Lake Whakatipu and The Remarkablesmountain range, here we share in a cultural welcome and dinner.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Full breakfast, cooked and continental
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Wednesday March 24, 2021

DESCRIPTION

Board the iconic TSS Earnslaw, our Lady of the Lake steamship, to cross Lake Whakatipu arriving at Walter Peak where we share in the high country farming story of sheep, dogs and pioneering farmers, before lunch. Our afternoon return across the lake allows for free time on your final day and to create your own body flowers to share with all the friends you have made at our farewell dinner.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Full breakfast, cooked and continental
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Thursday March 25, 2021

DESCRIPTION

Following breakfast it’s farewell to our floral friends for your onward travels, or we encourage you to continue your exploration of New Zealand.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Full breakfast, cooked and continental